outer ear(redirected from Ear, external)
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See external ear.
the outer portion of the ear, consisting of the auricle and the external auditory meatus.
The part of the ear in many mammals that is made chiefly of cartilage and includes the passage leading to the eardrum. The outer ear gathers and focuses incoming sound waves and transmits them to the inner ear. See more at ear1.
The ear’s auricle (pinna) and external auditory canal.
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|Noun||1.||outer ear - the part of the ear visible externally|
acoustic meatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, ear canal, external auditory canal - either of the passages in the outer ear from the auricle to the tympanic membrane
external organ - an organ that is situated on or near the surface of the body
auditory apparatus - all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears
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